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Texas, Our Texas: A Glimpse into the State Song

"Texas, Our Texas" holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of Texans, serving as the official state song since 1929. Written by William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright, the song was selected through a state-wide competition, reflecting the pride and grandeur of the Lone Star State. The song's lyrics celebrate Texas' vast size, natural beauty, and storied history, embodying the spirit of the state and its people.

The original version of "Texas, Our Texas" has been performed in various settings, but a particularly memorable rendition was recorded by a group of elementary school students around 2015 (in the video above). This performance captures the innocence and enthusiasm of young Texans, making it a popular version among schools and communities.

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In recent months, Dr. Gene Dowdy and Bill Ward, musicians at Schreiner University, reimagined "Texas, Our Texas" with a fresh, folksy twist (as heard below). Their rendition, rich with fiddle and guitar, offers a country flavor that resonates deeply with Texas' musical heritage. This new version introduces a contemporary feel while preserving the song's traditional essence, showcasing the versatility and enduring appeal of "Texas, Our Texas."

"Texas, Our Texas" by Dr. Gene Dowdy and Bill Ward, from Schreiner University

The reimagined version by Dowdy and Ward has sparked some debate among traditionalists and modernists. While some Texans appreciate the fresh take on the beloved classic, others remain loyal to the original renditions, especially those sung by school children, which evoke nostalgia and a sense of community. This dichotomy highlights the song's significant cultural impact and the deep emotional connections Texans have to their state anthem.

Despite the differing opinions on the various versions, "Texas, Our Texas" remains a symbol of Texas pride. Whether sung by schoolchildren or reinterpreted by contemporary musicians, the song inspires and brings together Texans of all ages. Its enduring legacy is a testament to the rich cultural fabric of Texas and the shared pride in its history and identity.

In conclusion, "Texas, Our Texas" is more than just a state song; it is a reflection of Texas' soul. The recent reimagining by Dr. Gene Dowdy and Bill Ward adds a new chapter to its storied history, ensuring that the song remains relevant and cherished for generations to come.

Historic Home with Secret Passage For Sale in Marshall, Texas.

The home was original built in 1860 it has been renovated but it's still in great shape and currently on the market for $1,250,000.

Gallery Credit: Billy Jenkins

MASSIVE: Incredible Photos of the Historic 6666 Ranch

The sprawling 6666 Ranch is one of Texas' crown jewels. Established in 1870, the legendary Samuel Burk Burnett built himself an empire of cattle and Quarter Horses.

You can imagine the shock that rippled across Texas when the historic ranch that is twice the size of Chicago was listed for sale.

And it was certainly double the shock when the news came about that Taylor Sheridan, the director of the smash hit show "Yellowstone" was the winning buyer.

There's much to the story of 6666 Ranch and so little time to tell it, but first: just look at the incredible photos of this sprawling piece of Texan paradise.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

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